6 Possible Reasons Why CBD isn't Working for You?
You've probably heard success stories from your co-workers, family, and friends about how wonderful CBD is.
They probably gave you some to try or recommended a product to you.
Now that you've tried it. Does it seem that CBD isn't working the way you hoped?
Well, don't give up on CBD yet. There may be a few reasons that inhibit the full effects of CBD from manifesting.
In this article, we'll cover 6 possible reasons why CBD isn't working for you and what you can do to have the best possible experience with CBD.
What could CBD oil do for you?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant contains 80-100 different cannabinoids, with each cannabinoid having slightly different properties.
CBD is commonly used because of its calming, stress-reducing, anti-inflammatory, and non-psychoactive effects.
Unlike its sister cannabinoid THC, which is commonly known as the cannabinoid responsible for getting you high.
CBD may help to reduce many negative health conditions such as:
- Sleep disturbances*
CBD is also non-addictive and may even help to decrease symptoms of addiction.*
CBD interacts with some medications. Be sure to consult your doctor before taking CBD to know if it will negatively react with any prescription or over-the-counter medications you may be taking.
Are you not seeing any of these benefits?
Then you've probably been asking yourself, "Why isn't CBD oil working for me?"
Before you give up on CBD, try the following tips mentioned below. You may find just the answer you are looking for.
There are several valid reasons why CBD may not be working as well for you as it has for your family or friends.
Let's get right into it.
6 Reason, why CBD isn't working for you?
1. Your CBD product isn't from a reliable source
CBD is for sale everywhere, from the local food market to eBay, Etsy, Amazon, and small online businesses.
It's everywhere. It's tempting to grab the $5 CBD that you see at the gas station, but don't waste your precious dollars on a poor-quality product that doesn't work.
We've all made that mistake. Please don't do it with CBD. Not all CBD products created are equal.
It's like comparing fresh lemon juice to natural lemon flavoring. Only the real, pure product can provide real results.
But how do I find a high-quality CBD product? How do I discern the therapeutic grade CBD products from the imitation CBD products?
You should be able to find a high-quality CBD product if the company you are purchasing your CBD from has:
Third-party lab testing - When you go to a website to purchase CBD oil, they should provide third-party testing lab results or a Certificate of Analysis.
A lab test proves that this particular product meets predetermined quality specifications. Third-party lab tests also show CBD content, terpenes, pesticides, microbials, and heavy metals.
A third party performs these tests, which means they have no invested interest in the company they are performing the test for, so they are extremely honest about what's in the product.
Companies that make low-quality CBD won't provide testing because they don't want you to know what's in the product you're taking.
USA-grown - By purchasing CBD made from USA-grown industrial hemp, you can trust that all legal requirements are met.
That includes growing standards for the crop produced by hemp farmers here in the USA. Farmers in the USA are held to higher standers than farmers from other countries.
They are tested for soil purity and are heavily regulated on what pesticides they can use.
Satisfaction guarantees and risk-free return policies - A company offering a guarantee is more likely legitimate because they hold the risk if you don't like it.
No company can afford to give away the products they produce. If a company offers free returns or a satisfaction guarantee.
In that case, they likely provide a high-quality product that you can trust.
Raving review - You can get a feel for a product's effectiveness by reading the reviews.
This alone does not prove the quality of a product considering many products have misleading promotional reviews. But, if a product has positive, honest reviews, this is a good sign.
Established brand - Off-brands might save you money in grocery shopping, but when it comes to CBD, go for a trusted brand.
There are so many sellers out there that make claims that are not true about their products, and you can't tell by looking at them. A quality product comes from a quality brand.
2. You need the Right Dosage
The human body naturally produces its own endogenous cannabinoids that are very similar in structure to CBD and THC.
This is why CBD has become so popular. It's natural for the body to use cannabinoids because it's already good at it.
Everyone's body is different and naturally produces different amounts of cannabinoids, so you may not need to take as much as someone else.
If you want to take CBD to reduce mild symptoms, you do not need to take as much as when experiencing more chronic or severe symptoms.
One of the reasons CBD isn't working for you could be because of the time of day you are taking it or because you may not be taking enough.
For instance, if you take CBD to help you sleep, take it about 30-60 minutes before you'd like to fall asleep, not in the morning when you routinely take your other vitamins.
If you are taking CBD for pain, inflammation, or stress-related conditions, you should take CBD in the morning before you need to tackle your day. CBD usually lasts 4 to 6 hours, so take it as needed throughout the day.
If you take prescription drugs, be sure to talk to your doctor about possible interactions with medications you currently take as well as over-the-counter medications.
How much CBD should I take?
When you take CBD for the first few times, you should play with different serving sizes to see how your body reacts to the CBD.
Experimenting with dosing in increments of 5-10mg is recommended. Testing a small amount first is wise to see if you have a possible allergic reaction.
If you tolerate CBD well, you can gradually take more daily.
If you are unsure how much to take, you can check out this blog post that explains how much CBD you should take each day.
You can also discuss this with your doctor to find the best dosage to treat your unique symptoms.
3. You need to build it up in your system
Another reason some people don't think CBD is working for them is that they take it for a couple of days, don't notice any improvement, and then stop.
Building up CBD in your system can take 1-3 weeks of regular daily doses.
If you are not noticing anything after 1 week, try taking more CBD frequently throughout the day or at a higher dose.
You can also work with your doctor to find the best CBD dosage for you.
CBD is fairly safe. In a 2017 study (1) by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that up 1,500 mg per day is well tolerated by humans, and that's a lot!
Side effects and symptoms of overdose are:
4. You need to give it more time
If you've found a CBD brand that you trust, you may be hoping to notice some relief after just a few minutes of dropping CBD under your tongue; thinking it's going to work like magic.
This isn't true for most people, though. CBD takes time to build up. Some don't notice a difference for months.
CBD isn't as simple as taking ibuprofen and calling it a day. Finding the right dosage for each person is a matter of trial and error.
If you are not getting the results you wanted right away, you can keep trying. But it may be time to try a different brand after a while.
If you take it regularly, you should notice an improvement in your symptoms within a couple of months.
5. You need a different form of CBD
You may be disappointed with CBD if you have taken it for a while and haven't noticed any benefits. You may have a better outcome by taking it in a different form.
CBD is available in many forms, such as oral and topical.
Oral and Edibles
- CBD Smokeables
- CBD Oil Drops (sublingual)
- CBD Softgel capsules
- CBD Gummies
- CBD Edibles are also commonly available in chocolates, honey, mints, gum, and more.
- CBD Body Lotion/Cream
- CBD Massage Oil
- CBD Salve
- CBD Hot Cream
- CBD Transdermal Patches
- Other CBD Topicals are also commonly used in soaps, sanitizers, face creams, lip salves, and more.
For example, suppose you are taking CBD to help clear your skin or help decrease your joint pain. In that case, you may find applying it topically more effective than taking it orally.
Suppose you have been taking CBD Gummies to help with stress, but it doesn't seem very effective. In that case, you may find that the CBD Drops taken sublingually (under the tongue) are more effective.
When taken sublingually, CBD drops immediately enter the bloodstream and go to work. You can attain faster results when taking CBD this way.
It's important to take CBD in the right form. CBD Gummies may not be the most effective treatment for chronic pain since they typically come in lower strengths. They also take longer to be absorbed.
6. CBD may not be right for you
CBD may be helping many people, but not everyone is the same, and it's okay if it just isn't a good fit for you.
Genetics differ, and preferences too. If CBD isn't working for you after you have given it a fair try, maybe it's time to move on.
Some people genetically produce higher amounts of CBD within their bodies. These people do not experience as much relief from taking CBD as a supplement, which is perfectly normal and fine. CBD may not be right for you.
Sum it up!
Why CBD isn't working for you is a common question. As we have discussed, there are many possible reasons why you may not notice anything after taking CBD.
- Be sure your CBD product is from a trusted brand.
- Make sure you take CBD often enough and with a high enough dose.
- Be patient. CBD takes some time to build up in your system. For some individuals, it can take months.
- Be sure you're taking CBD in an appropriate form for your condition.
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(1) Iffland, K., & Grotenhermen, F. (2017, June 1). An update on safety and side effects of Cannabidiol: A review of Clinical Data and relevant animal studies. Cannabis and cannabinoid research. Retrieved July 5, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5569602/